Why Ricky Gervais loves the American version of The Office

Cold. Hard. Cash.

Ricky Gervais in David Brent: Life On The RoadImage Picture eOne

Ricky Gervais is poised to bring back David Brent for new movie Life on the Road, but this might be the final time we see his legendary comedy creation.

Gervais admitted that part of the reason his Office character became so popular is down to a less-is-more approach.

“The Office was two series and a special – all in all with this film we’ve only had nine hours of David Brent. That’s all. And I think that’s the secret to it really,” he told Sunday Brunch.

Will there be more David Brent after Life on the Road is released?

“Never say never but I think this might be the last big outing for him,” Gervais commented.

The comedy star also joked about his love for the American version of The Office led by Steve Carell. The reason?

“They did 300 episodes… good luck to them. Good luck to them! I’m glad they did! It’s funny because it’s true,” he joked in reference to the cash windfall the NBC has produced.

The BBC version of the show has spawned seven offshoots, with the US incarnation running for nine seasons between 2005 and 2013.

There’s also French remake Le Bureau, a German version titled Stromberg, the French-Canadian La Job, Chile’s La Ofis, Israeli remake HaMisrad and Sweden’s Kontoret.

David Brent, in one form or another, will blunder on whether Gervais is playing him or not.

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